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AARP: Maintain Social Security Funding During Recession

“…We understand there is a possibility that the Congress may adjourn at the end of the year without enacting an appropriation for the Social Security Administration and instead, extend the current Continuing Resolution (CR) further into the fiscal year. If that is done, it is vitally important that SSA be funded at a higher level under an extended CR rather than freezing spending at last year’s funding level. Allowing SSA to fund its operations during an extended CR at the FY 2011 level proposed by the Appropriations Committees would ensure that SSA would continue to make progress in reducing the significant backlogs that have accumulated in virtually all agency workloads.

“By providing SSA with the necessary resources, the agency will reduce the hearings backlog and also protect many Americans from unnecessary financial hardship.”

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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